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Are You Certain That Your Lawyer Is Not Impaired?

Mark Baer | Posted 06.14.2014 | Divorce
Mark Baer

I have written a number of articles about the negative impact that certain "types" of attorneys have made on our "system of justice." The first articl...

The Consequence of Unenforced Ethical Guidelines for Collaborative Divorce

Mark Baer | Posted 06.07.2014 | Divorce
Mark Baer

The Ethical Guidelines for Collaborative Divorce by Collaborative Divorce Institute provide in pertinent part as follows: "All Collaborative Divorce ...

Must Parties Confirm That They Are Open to Settlement For Mediation to Be Effective?

Mark Baer | Posted 06.02.2014 | Divorce
Mark Baer

I want to once again deconstruct aspects of Franklin Garfield's article titled "Should Divorcing Couples Who Mediate Be Talking Through Counsel?" because I find it an effective way of raising certain aspects of mediation, bringing about a discussion on those issues and educating people.

Family Law Litigation: The Gift That Keeps On Giving!

Mark Baer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Divorce
Mark Baer

Everyone in the family law trenches knows that such overreactions are far from uncommon as a result of the exacerbation of conflict and increased distrust resulting from a litigated divorce.

Important Distinctions Between Litigation and Mediation

Mark Baer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Divorce
Mark Baer

Throughout the conference, the panelists kept reiterating that what occurs in court is state specific, "locale specific," and jurist specific. In other words, results vary from judge to judge based upon the judge's biases, beliefs, assumptions and values. I think this should really scare anyone and everyone.

8 Ways To Prepare For Your First Mediation Session

Michelle Rozen | Posted 01.23.2014 | Divorce
Michelle Rozen

So, you have scheduled your first mediation session and from what I hear from my clients, I am sure you must be nervous. How will it go? How will the other party behave? What will they say or do? How to prepare and what to expect?

Parties' Positions and the Mediation Process

Mark Baer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Divorce
Mark Baer

Evaluating the "strengths and weaknesses of the parties' positions" is often more perception than reality.

When the Law Is Involved, Do Notions Of Fairness Matter?

Mark Baer | Posted 09.28.2013 | Divorce
Mark Baer

When attorneys, mediators and others are involved in the process, their concepts of fairness may well differ from those of one or both of the parties and from those of the other professionals involved.

Divorce and the Grieving Process

Mark Baer | Posted 09.07.2013 | Divorce
Mark Baer

Conflict is reduced by appropriately addressing the grief and loss from the very beginning. Doesn't it therefore make sense that lawyers involved in the field of family law should have a better understanding of grief and loss?

Is Mediation About Reaching the Same Result in a More Efficient and Economical Manner?

Mark Baer | Posted 08.31.2013 | Divorce
Mark Baer

My last article on mediation, titled "Should Divorcing Couples Who Mediate Be Talking Through Counsel?," was the first of a series of articles on medi...

Should Divorcing Couples Who Mediate Be Talking Through Counsel?

Mark Baer | Posted 08.24.2013 | Divorce
Mark Baer

For reasons that will become increasingly clear, the public must develop a better understanding of mediation, as it is meant to be practiced.

Divorce Court; Really in the Best Interest of the Child?

Debbie Burgin | Posted 08.17.2013 | Divorce
Debbie Burgin

Women with custody of minor children typically get screwed financially in divorce, while men typically get hosed when it comes to custody issues. It's that simple. The children don't win.

Is the Adversary Model Appropriate or Suitable for Family Law Matters?

Mark Baer | Posted 08.09.2013 | Divorce
Mark Baer

Divorce doesn't impact children, especially if they are adults, does it? When families are "ripped apart by divorce," it has no consequences, right? ...

Why Divorce Lawyers Are Set Up For Failure

Diana Mercer | Posted 05.13.2013 | Divorce
Diana Mercer

Almost everything that clients and courts ask lawyers to do sets them up for failure. And as a result, you're also set up for failure.

Why Courteney Cox And David Arquette Are The Coolest Divorcees Ever

Diana Mercer | Posted 12.30.2011 | Divorce
Diana Mercer

David Arquette's reputation for being a little playful and unconventional seems to have spilled over into his divorce. At least the unconventional part.

Top Secret Divorce Advice From A Divorce Lawyer

Diana Mercer | Posted 10.11.2011 | Divorce
Diana Mercer

So here's the inside scoop. I've been a divorce attorney for 23 years and as a result, every single one of my friends (both actual friends, and Faceb...

Basic Co-Parenting Tips

Diana Mercer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Divorce
Diana Mercer

It's hard enough as a married couple to keep lines of good communication open and flowing...

Negotiating Your Divorce Settlement

Diana Mercer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Divorce
Diana Mercer

Negotiating isn't about getting the biggest slice of the pie--it's about learning to make the pie bigger.

10 Best Ways to Screw Up Your Divorce

Diana Mercer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Divorce
Diana Mercer

Before I became a mediator, I was a divorce litigation attorney for 12 years. My nickname was "Jaws." Litigation was fun--for me, the lawyer--but pr...

10 Things to Know Before Filing for Divorce

Diana Mercer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Divorce
Diana Mercer

Over 95% of all divorce cases settle before they go to trial...

Tips for Long Distance Parenting

Diana Mercer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Divorce
Diana Mercer

It's never easy to be away from your kids, whether it's a short business trip or a move across the country. Here are a few tips to help you keep the connections strong.

10 Tips for Sharing Time with Your Children

Diana Mercer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Divorce
Diana Mercer

Separation and divorce means a new living situation and a new set of rules for everyone. Give yourself and your children a fair chance to adjust

Why Jon and Kate Should Stop the Divorce Drama

Diana Mercer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Divorce
Diana Mercer

Kate Gosselin recently admitted that two of her kids have anger issues, which she believes stem from her divorce. But she then said "there's no truce necessary" between her and her ex-husband. Really?

The 8 Keys to Resolving Divorce Conflict

Diana Mercer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Divorce
Diana Mercer

Be hard on the problem, not the people.

Missing Your Kids at the Holidays

Diana Mercer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Divorce
Diana Mercer

Your kids left with their other parent and now you're sitting in an empty house. And it's the holidays. Even if it's a holiday you don't celebrate, ev...